Not Ready for the Pipe and Slippers yet..... A journey by Motorcycle through the Americas
Not Ready for the Pipe and Slippers yet..... A journey by Motorcycle through the Americas

FAQ's



 

A selection of some of the questions I've been asked about the trip.......

  • WHY!
    • Good question, glad you asked. Lots of reasons really; here's a few to be going on with
      • I've been in full time education or work for almost 40 years. During that time I've been a good and productive Worker Ant; paid my taxes, not been a drain on the State etc. I've also had a heap of fun doing some work that's been stimulating and rewarding in all senses, but now want something different. As I'm transitioning into the next phase of life, I want some time to do some deep thinking about the 300 odd months of life expectancy I have left. This seems like a cool way to do it.
      • A passion for adventure – it started when I rode on my (push) bike from Reading to South Wales to see some relatives. It was about 120 mile and I did it over two days with a stay in a Youth Hostel in Gloucester overnight. I was 14, but can still remember the thrill of it all. This is just an extension of it
      • Because ‘all who wander are not lost’
  • Haven't Charlie and Ewan done this?
    • Yes and no. They've been a huge influence in the number of people who are taking up this sort of adventure - and made a huge difference for BMW in the sales of their big 1200CC adventure bike. They've made some great telly whilst having a whale of a time with a bit of charity work thrown in. There are a however a number of significant differences to my trip such as :
      • Unsupported. I won't have the benefit of a 4x4 car travelling behind me packed to the gunwales with spares, technical assistance, security advisers etc; nor will I have local language speaking fixers at each boarding crossing to speed my passage. It's up to me to make it all happen all of the time.
      • Less time pressured. I don't have to get back to film the next episode of Star Wars, so can take a more leisurely, laissez faire approach
  • Why not just buy a bike when you get there?
    • See the page on the bike. The bike is set up how I like it and I’ve ridden 10,000 miles on it. I’m going to be sitting on this a lot for 9 months – I want something I feel confident about. Also from a cost point of view it’s probably not much cheaper to buy locally and have the hassle of trying to sell it at the end.
  • You're shipping the bike home at the end - why not just sell it?
    • Three reasons:
      • Paperwork
      • Paperwork
      • Paperwork
      • and a bond that is payable on non export of the bike from the final country I end up in.
  • Why by motorcycle?
    • It will give the opportunity to get off the well beaten tourist trails and go where my nose leads me. I don’t really see this as a holiday but a chance to travel through and  understand the heartbeat  of wherever I find myself - a bike is great way to do this and offers opportunities that other modes of transport simply don’t. 
  • What's your greatest fear?
    • Major mechanical malfunction on the bike
    • Spinal or head injury 
  • What are you most looking forward to on the trip?
    • Waking up each morning and thinking all I've got to do today is ride my bike and find somewhere to sleep tonight. No to-do lists, clients to satisfy or pacify, emails I've GOT to send, etc.
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